Various PEI Musicians
A project of Special Olympics PEI with various PEI musicians, PEI Mutual’s A Special Island Christmas CD will be launched at The Mack on in Charlottetown November 20 at 7:30 pm. The event and recording are initiatives of Special Olympics PEI. The organization’s Executive Director Charity Sheehan says, “100% of the funds raised from the launch and the CD will stay on PEI to support grassroots sport programs from Souris to Tignish.”
Recording artists who have contributed to the CD and who are performing at the launch include Dennis Ellsworth, Amy & Rachel Beck, Katie McGarry & Dan Currie, and Brian J. Dunn & Ian Toms. Also appearing at the launch are The Atlantic String Machine, SOPEI athlete Colton Matheson, and the house band featuring Don Fraser, Perry Williams, Devin Hornby and Alan White. Other recording artists who appear on the CD include Lennie Gallant, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys with Meaghan Blanchard, Tim Chaisson, Ashley Condon, Jon Matthews & Cynthia MacLeod, and Paper Lions.
The CD is a collection of “all time favourite Christmas songs with a twist,” notes Sheehan, performed by some of the Island’s best musicians. The 10-track CD, produced by Jon Matthews at The Sound Mill, includes each performer’s take on classics such as “O Holy Night,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.”
“I know I’m pretty excited to hear the entire compilation,” says Chaisson. “So many great PEI artists teaming up to support an incredible organization.”
Project coordinators Brad and Rachel Colwill add, “We were blown away by the enthusiasm and generosity of the artists we approached about donating their time and talent.”
Ashley Cameron donated graphic design and layout work, PEI Mutual signed on as title sponsor, and Murphy’s Pharmacy agreed to be a primary retail outlet for the CD, helping to make the project a true fundraiser for Special Olympics PEI.
The provincial division of the international organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of Islanders with an intellectual disability through sport.
Tickets for the launch are available through the Confederation Centre of the Arts box office or online at www.confederationcentre.com. The CD will be available at the launch, online at www.sopei.com, or at Murphy’s Pharmacies Island-wide.